Meaning of DUCK in English



Function: verb

Etymology: Middle English douken; akin to Old High German t ū hhan to dive, Old English d ū ce duck

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1 : to thrust under water

2 : to lower (as the head) quickly : BOW

3 : AVOID , EVADE < duck the issue>

intransitive verb

1 a : to plunge under the surface of water b : to descend suddenly : DIP

2 a : to lower the head or body suddenly : DODGE b : BOW , BOB

3 a : to move quickly b : to evade a duty, question, or responsibility

– duck · er noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.